Famous 19th Century British Soldiers

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 1 Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 18, 1893
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oswestry
Died: November 4, 1918

Wilfred Owen was an English soldier and poet. One of the most important poets during World War I, Owen wrote about the horrors of gas warfare. His life and career inspired a docudrama titled Wilfred Owen: A Remembrance Tale where he was portrayed by Samuel Barnett. In 1989, the Wilfred Owen Association was established to commemorate his life and poetry.

 2 Siegfried Sassoon

Siegfried Sassoon
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Birthdate: September 8, 1886
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Matfield, Kent, England
Died: September 1, 1967

Siegfried Sassoon was an English writer, poet, and soldier. One of the most popular poets during the First World War, Sassoon's works satirized the patriotic pretensions of those accountable for the war as well as described the horrors of the war. Siegfried Sassoon's works and ideology greatly influenced another leading poet of the First World War, Wilfred Owen.

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 3 Richard Francis Burton

Richard Francis Burton
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Famous As: Translator
Birthdate: March 19, 1821
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Torquay
Died: October 20, 1890

Richard Francis Burton was a British explorer, soldier, and scholar. He is best remembered for his explorations in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Along with John Hanning Speke, Burton was the first European to witness the Great Lakes of Africa. A prolific writer, Burton wrote several scholarly articles about numerous subjects like sexual practices, falconry, human behavior, travel, and ethnography.

 4 Adrian Carton de Wiart

Adrian Carton de Wiart
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Famous As: Military personnel
Birthdate: May 5, 1880
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brussels
Died: June 5, 1963

Adrian Carton de Wiart was a British Army officer who served in the Boer War, World War I, and World War II. He suffered several injuries during his service; he was shot in the face, ankle, leg, stomach, head, hip, and ear. He also lost vision in his left eye. He was honored with many awards, including the Victoria Cross.

 5 Henry Tandey

Henry Tandey
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: August 30, 1891
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Royal Leamington Spa
Died: December 20, 1977

Henry Tandey was a British soldier who played an important role during the First World War. In 1918, Tandey was honored with the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his efforts during the second Battle of Cambrai. The same year, Henry Tandey was also honored with the prestigious Victoria Cross for exhibiting bravery in the face of death.

 6 John Bowes-Lyon

John Bowes-Lyon
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Famous As: Stockbroker, Cricketer
Birthdate: April 1, 1886
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: February 7, 1930

John Bowes-Lyon was a British stockbroker and cricketer. He was the son of the Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne and the 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne. He was also Queen Elizabeth II's uncle. He is also remembered for being a part of the Black Watch during World War I.

 7 Harry Patch

Harry Patch
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: June 17, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Somerset
Died: July 25, 2009

Harry Patch was an English soldier who served during the First World War. A supercentenarian, Patch was the last surviving combat soldier to have fought in the trenches during the First World War. At the time of his death, Harry Patch was the world's third oldest man and the oldest man in Europe.

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 8 Arthur Phillip

Arthur Phillip
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Famous As: Navy officer
Birthdate: October 11, 1738
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cheapside, London, England
Died: August 31, 1814

British admiral Arthur Phillip was a pioneering leader of the colonization of Australia. He established the first permanent European colonial settlement in Australia. He had also served as the first governor of New South Wales but was unable to establish peace. He was part of the Seven Years' War, too.

 9 Cedric Hardwicke

Cedric Hardwicke
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 19, 1893
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lye, England
Died: August 6, 1964

English actor Cedric Hardwicke is mostly remembered for his roles in the plays of Shakespeare and Shaw. Nicknamed Butch and Badger, he was one of the finest character actors of the initial days of talkies. He was also known for his baritone voice and later moved to the US permanently.

 10 Brian Horrocks

Brian Horrocks
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Famous As: Athletics competitor, Military personnel
Birthdate: September 7, 1895
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: India
Died: January 4, 1985

Born to an army doctor in India, Brian Horrocks was educated at Sandhurst and later became a British Army officer. He was skilled in modern pentathlon and had also participated in the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris. Post-retirement, he penned a memoir and was featured in several BBC programs.

 11 John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher

John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 25, 1841
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sri Lanka
Died: July 10, 1920

John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher, was 13 when he first joined the navy. The British admiral later became the First Sea Lord. He is remembered for introducing torpedo-boat destroyers and for improving the naval gunnery. He retired over bitter disagreements with the likes of Winston Churchill and their naval expedition plans.

 12 Gonville Bromhead

Gonville Bromhead
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Famous As: Military personnel
Birthdate: August 29, 1845
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Versailles
Died: February 9, 1891

Recipient of the Victoria Cross, Gonville Bromhead was a British army officer, hailed for his role in the defence of Rorke's Drift during 1879 Anglo-Zulu War. He not only played an important part in repulsing the Zulu assault, but also stayed back to defend the area from future attacks until he was sent back to England to receive his award.  

 13 Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby

Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: April 23, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nottinghamshire, England
Died: May 14, 1936

Known for his distinguish services during WWI, Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby, is especially hailed for his decisive victory over the Turks at Gaza, leading to the capture of Jerusalem. Later, he also captured Damascus and Aleppo, thus ending Ottoman power in Syria. Later appointed Special High Commissioner of Egypt, he governed the country firmly, until its independence in 1922.

 14 Alan Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke

Alan Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke
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Famous As: Military Officer
Birthdate: July 23, 1883
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bragnieres-de-Bigorre, France
Died: June 17, 1963

Alan Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke, also known as Brookie and Colonel Shrapnel, was a senior British Army officer and a military advisor to Winston Churchill. He had received multiple knighthood honors. An ornithologist, too, he was a skilled bird photographer and had led the Zoological Society of London.

 15 David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty

David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty
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Famous As: Politician, Military personnel
Birthdate: January 17, 1871
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: County Wexford
Died: March 11, 1936

Royal Navy officer David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty, had been the Admiral of the Fleet and is remembered for his exploits in World War I. Some of his major heroics were seen in the Battle of Jutland and the Battle of Heligoland Bight. He was also knighted for his achievements.

 16 B. H. Liddell Hart

B. H. Liddell Hart
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: October 31, 1895
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 29, 1970

Also known as Captain B. H., soldier and historian B. H. Liddell Hart is best remembered for his research on military theory and his book Strategy. He was against frontal attack as a war strategy. He had also been part of the Battle of the Somme and was later knighted.

 17 John Chard

John Chard
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Famous As: Engineer, Military personnel
Birthdate: December 21, 1847
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Plymouth
Died: November 1, 1897

Royal Engineers army officer John Chard was one of the 11 men to receive the Victoria Cross for defeating a Zulu army of 4,000 warriors at the battle of Rorke's Drift, with a British army of 135. His handwritten account of the war was later auctioned off for £175,000.

 18 Arthur Percival

Arthur Percival
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Famous As: Military personnel
Birthdate: December 26, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aspenden
Died: January 31, 1966

Blamed for undermining the British Imperial prestige by surrendering to the Japanese Army during the Battle of Singapore, Arthur Percival was actually a distinguished military officer, known for his successful campaigns in interwar period.  Plagued with underequipped garrison from the beginning, he was forced to surrender in order to save the lives of his 100,000 men and became the scapegoat.

 19 William E. Fairbairn

William E. Fairbairn
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Famous As: Judoka
Birthdate: February 28, 1885
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rickmansworth
Died: June 20, 1960

 20 Henry Allingham

Henry Allingham
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Famous As: Soldier, Autobiographer
Birthdate: June 6, 1896
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London
Died: July 18, 2009

 21 Frederick Browning

Frederick Browning
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Famous As: Military personnel
Birthdate: October 20, 1896
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kensington
Died: March 14, 1965

Senior British Army officer Frederick Browning is best remembered for developing the airborne forces of his country. A Croix de Guerre winner, he had been educated at Eton and Sandhurst. He was also a promising athlete and an Olympian who was skilled in bobsleigh and had headed the British Olympic Association.

 22 Arthur Tedder, 1st Baron Tedder

Arthur Tedder, 1st Baron Tedder
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Famous As: Politician, Military personnel
Birthdate: July 11, 1890
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Glengoyne distillery
Died: June 3, 1967

 23 Victor Duleep Singh

Victor Duleep Singh
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Birthdate: July 10, 1866
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London
Died: June 7, 1918

 24 Stewart Menzies

Stewart Menzies
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Famous As: Intelligence officer
Birthdate: January 30, 1890
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London
Died: May 29, 1968

Stewart Menzies led the British secret service, the MI6, for over a decade. Born into an affluent family and educated at Eton, he excelled in academics and had a brief military career. He is remembered for his role in the forging of The Zinoviev Letter and for his multiple high-profile marriages.

 25 John Bagot Glubb

John Bagot Glubb
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Famous As: Military General
Birthdate: April 16, 1897
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Preston, Lancashire, England
Died: March 17, 1986

 26 Albert Ball

Albert Ball
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Famous As: Aviator, Military personnel
Birthdate: August 14, 1896
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nottingham
Died: May 7, 1917

 27 Maurice Wilson

Maurice Wilson
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Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: April 21, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bradford
Died: June 1, 1934

 28 Edmund Ironside, 1st Baron Ironside

Edmund Ironside, 1st Baron Ironside
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Famous As: Military Officer
Birthdate: May 6, 1880
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: September 22, 1959

 29 Noel Godfrey Chavasse

Noel Godfrey Chavasse
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Famous As: Military physician, Athletics competitor
Birthdate: November 9, 1884
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oxford
Died: August 4, 1917

 30 Samuel Hoare, 1st Viscount Templewood

Samuel Hoare, 1st Viscount Templewood
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 24, 1880
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 7, 1959

 31 Mackenzie Bowell

Mackenzie Bowell
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 27, 1823
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rickinghall, England
Died: December 10, 1917

 32 Bernard Freyberg, 1st Baron Freyberg

Bernard Freyberg, 1st Baron Freyberg
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Famous As: Military General
Birthdate: March 21, 1889
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Richmond, London, England
Died: July 4, 1963

 33 Lanoe Hawker

Lanoe Hawker
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Famous As: Aviator, Military personnel
Birthdate: December 30, 1890
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hampshire
Died: November 23, 1916

 34 Charles Grey, 1st Earl Grey

Charles Grey, 1st Earl Grey
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Famous As: Military General
Birthdate: October 23, 1729
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Howick, England
Died: November 14, 1807

 35 Francis Younghusband

Francis Younghusband
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Famous As: Army Officer
Birthdate: May 31, 1863
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Murree, Pakistan
Died: July 31, 1942

 36 R.C. Sherriff

R.C. Sherriff
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 6, 1896
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hampton Wick, England
Died: November 13, 1975

 37 Leone Sextus Tollemache

Leone Sextus Tollemache
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Birthdate: June 10, 1884
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: February 20, 1917

 38 George Grey

George Grey
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 14, 1812
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Died: September 19, 1898

 39 Alan Cunningham

Alan Cunningham
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Famous As: Army Officer
Birthdate: May 1, 1887
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: January 30, 1983

 40 William Beresford, 1st Viscount Beresford

William Beresford, 1st Viscount Beresford
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Famous As: Governor
Birthdate: October 2, 1768
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bedgebury, England
Died: January 8, 1854

 41 Robert Napier, 1st Baron Napier

Robert Napier, 1st Baron Napier
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Famous As: Army officer
Birthdate: December 6, 1810
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Died: January 14, 1890

 42 Hector MacDonald

Hector MacDonald
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: March 4, 1853
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Black Isle, Scotland
Died: March 25, 1903

 43 Robert Shields

Robert Shields
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Famous As: British Army
Birthdate: 1827 AD
Birthplace: Cardiff
Died: December 23, 1864

 44 Rowland Hill, 1st Viscount Hill

Rowland Hill, 1st Viscount Hill
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Famous As: Military Officer
Birthdate: August 11, 1772
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Shropshire, England
Died: December 10, 1842

 45 H. C. McNeile

H. C. McNeile
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: September 28, 1888
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bodmin, England
Died: August 14, 1937

 46 Ralph Alger Bagnold

Ralph Alger Bagnold
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: April 3, 1896
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Plymouth, England
Died: May 28, 1990

 47 Frederick E. Morgan

Frederick E. Morgan
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Famous As: Senior Officer
Birthdate: February 5, 1894
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paddock Wood, Kent, England
Died: March 19, 1967

 48 Wilfrid Wilson Gibson

Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 2, 1878
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hexham, England
Died: May 26, 1962

 49 Ann Bailey

Ann Bailey
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Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: 1742 AD
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: November 22, 1825

A legend during the American Revolutionary War, Ann Bailey was a British-born American woman, who took up arms to become a frontier scout, messenger and spy. She became a heroine when during the seize of Fort Lee, she made a hundred miles single-person ride through host of besiegers and forestland to get powder supply and thus saved the Clendenin's Settlement.

 50 Patrick Mahoney

Patrick Mahoney
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Famous As: Armed force officer
Birthdate: 1827 AD
Birthplace: Waterford
Died: October 30, 1857